Nine year old Ivy Kerkemeyer from Adelaide has won at the Artistic Skating World Cup in Trieste Italy, against 26 competitors in the 'mini's' age group.
The dedicated skater is coached by former world champion Tammy Bryant, alongside Ivy's mum Lucy, who nervously watching on in Trieste while while Ivy performed flawlessly to take out the trophy.
Training up to three hours per day, Ivy had no expectations of winning in Italy. 'I wasn't expecting anything at all, top ten would have been great,' she said.
Skaters around Australia and the world rushed to offer their congratulations. Nicola Butchart of the UK said, 'Ivy is incredible! I watched her skate (on YouTube) with my 7 year old daughter yesterday and she loved seeing her! My daughter said she can't wait to learn to do what Ivy can do - she's such an inspiration! Well done, Ivy!'
'I loved watching this event streamed live. Such an awesome win - congratulations Ivy,' posted Bernice Davidson.
While many dream of achieving life goals in their twenties and thirties, Ivy is living proof that age is no barrier when you work hard and have a great team to support you.